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Thelma Lucille Walker

July 29, 1926 October 3, 2016
Thelma Lucille Walker
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Thelma Lucille Walker was born July 29, 1926, the thirteenth child of sixteen children born to Robert and Lucy Ward. Thelma was raised and educated in Clarksdale, Mississippi. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at an early age, was baptized and lived her life according to the teachings of the Bible. One of her favorite phrases was “to do unto others, as you would have them do unto you”.
Thelma graduated from Coahoma County Agricultural High School and shortly thereafter joined that great migration of Blacks leaving the South and migrated to Chicago in the early 1940’s. After arriving in Chicago she lived with an older sister (Odessa) and her family until she became established and an independent young woman.
She worked several jobs and went to night school to become a seamstress. Thelma enjoyed the art of sewing, knitting and crocheting. She found great joy in making things for others and just beamed when her work brought a smile to their face in acknowledgement of her skills and quality work. After a couple of different jobs, Thelma was hired by the US Postal service and worked there for over thirty years until her retirement. She met her husband Cleveland Walker (Uncle Walker as he was called) on the job and they had a loving and happy marriage for twenty-eight years. One of their favorite past times was cruises and road trips, in addition to Thelma love for working puzzles. That being said, nothing meant more to Thelma (Aunt Lucille as she was affectionately known) than family. Thelma’s great joy in later years was to sit around with family, talk, listen to the Blues especially BB King and “take a few nips from her sippy cup”. Somehow when you weren’t in agreement with her, she would always interject the phrase “y’all know I’m just a little old lady”.
Aunt Lucille had no children but she was the life line in the lives of her nieces and nephews. She was the most generous, loving and caring aunt that anyone could ask for. Everyone should have an Aunt Lucille in their life – truly an awesome blessing!
She was preceded in death by her parents and all fifteen siblings. She lived a fulfilling life and God decided to call her home after ninety years. She leaves to mourn but mostly celebrate the life she shared with family and friends.

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3:00 PM 10/15/2016 3:00:00 PM
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home

203 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 South Marion Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

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